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    1861 Double Eagle in Copper
    Unique Judd-289, PR64 Brown
    Ex: Metzger-Zabriskie-Farouk

    1861 $20 Twenty Dollars, Judd-289, Pollock-347, Unique, PR64 Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The regular-issue designs for the 1861 double eagle with the Longacre reverse. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This is a copper dies trial for the regular-issue Longacre double eagle of 1861, and it is believed to be unique. It boasts an exceptional pedigree back to King Farouk and earlier.

    Two different patterns exist in copper from the 1861 Longacre double eagle dies. Information is profoundly lacking about the reason for striking either of these variants in copper. The other variety (Judd-288) was struck on a broad planchet, appearing to not be constrained by a collar. However, that variant shows reeding on the edge, indicating that it was, indeed, struck in a collar. It also has a noticeably beveled edge, rather than the sharp reeded edge of this variety.

    This example has sharp design details with partially reflective surfaces. Both sides display lovely olive-brown color with traces of original mint red color. The rims on both sides exhibit clearly visible file marks, almost certainly representing an attempt by Mint workers to remove the undesirable wire rim characteristic.
    Ex: E.T. Wright, Esq. and the Late C.R. Walker, Esq. Collections (Chapman Brothers, 12/1885), lot 711; Henry Metzger, Esq. Collection (H. Chapman 2/1909), lot 125; Andrew C. Zabriskie Collection (H. Chapman 6/1909), lot 255; King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1773; Kagin's (5/1972), lot 1410; believed sold privately in October 1975, according to Judd; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/1995), lot 8219; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2001), lot 8324; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 1270; McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Patterns (Heritage, 1/2011), lot 5344.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 60435)


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